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Bus explodes in Tel Aviv in apparent terrorist attack

Israeli police and rescue personnel working at the scene of a bus bombing in Tel Aviv, Nov. 21, 2012. (Roni Schutzer/ Flash90/JTA)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A bus exploded in Tel Aviv in what police are describing as a terrorist attack. At least 21 people were injured in Wednesday’s blast, according to a spokesman at Sourasky Medical Center – Ichilov Hospital. The bus exploded at noon in the heart of Tel Aviv, near...
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Israel reportedly holding off on ground evasion as cease-fire talks proceed

The Western Wall in Jerusalem is empty of worshipers during an air raid siren indicating a rocket attack from Gaza, Nov. 20, 2012. (TheKotel.org)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel reportedly has held off on a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip in order to give cease-fire talks a chance to work. News reports on Tuesday cited an unnamed Israeli official as saying that the ground invasion was delayed as Egypt attempts to negotiate a cease-fire...
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Netanyahu eyes ramp up of IDF forces

Israeli soldiers preparing their tanks along the Israel-Gaza border for a possible ground operation inside the Gaza Strip during Operation Pillar of Defense. (Uri Lenz/ Flash90/JTA)

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel “is prepared for a significant expansion of its operation” in the Gaza Strip on a day that dozens of rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel — including at least three at Tel Aviv that were intercepted by the...
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Iron Dome intercepts more rockets over Tel Aviv; IDF readies

Israeli soldiers preparing their tanks along the Israel-Gaza border for a possible ground operation inside the Gaza Strip during Operation Pillar of Defense. (Uri Lenz/ Flash90/JTA)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of two missiles fired at the Tel Aviv area. The missiles fired on Sunday morning, the fifth day of what the Israeli military has dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, mark at least four missiles fired from Gaza at one...
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Gaza conflict escalates as 3 Israelis die; rockets reach Tel Aviv

Emergency medical personnel carrying the body bag of one of three Israelis killed in a rocket attack on their apartment building in Kiryat Malachi, Nov. 15, 2012. (Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90/JTA)

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hours after three Israelis in southern Israel were killed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, a rocket struck the outskirts of Tel Aviv, bringing the conflict between Israel and Hamas to a new intensity. On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces reportedly sent ground trips...
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Rocket attacks intensify, Gaza Hamas leader killed

Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City, on November 14, 2012. Israel killed a top Hamas military commander in a targeted strike in Gaza. Photo by Edi Israel/Flash90

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli army began moving infantry units to the south and calling up reservists in preparation for a further escalation of hostilities with Hamas after an Israeli airstrike killed Hamas’ military chief in the strip. Ahmed Jabari and a passenger were killed by an Israeli missile late...
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Orthodox-Conservative rabbis conference

The rabbis who attended the first-ever Orthodox-Conservative conference held at Shir Chadash and Beth Israel synagogues. (Photo courtesy Uri Topolosky)

The first-ever conference between Orthodox and Conservative rabbis was considered very successful, according to the two local rabbis who served as hosts. The conference, convened from Sunday, November 4 through Tuesday, November 6  was hosted by Rabbis Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation and Uri Topolosky of Congregation Beth...
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Amy Ephron to headline Booklover’s Luncheon with ‘Loose Diamonds’

Booklover's Luncheon featured speaker Amy Ephron (©Jonathan Becker)

By ALAN SMASON

Amy Ephron was born to write. The youngest of four daughters of famous screenwriters and producers Henry and Phoebe Ephron (“Carousel” and “Desk Set”), Ephron, like her other successful siblings – Nora, Delia and Hallie – became a writer almost as soon as she could...
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Bart family to receive JEF Tzedakah Award Sunday afternoon

Members of the Bart family being recognized with JEF's Tzedakah Award. (Photo by Jose Garcia)

Four members of the Bart family will receive the Tzedakah Award, the highest honor of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana (JEF), at the JEF’s Annual Event this Sunday morning, October 28, at 11:30 a.m.  Slated to receive the coveted award at the Hilton Hotel Riverside are mother Hertha Bart, wife...
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New Orleans Hadassah contingent arrives in centennial style

Greater New Orleans Hadassah chapter members from left Southern region president Lee Kansas, daughter Rachael, Evette Kansas, Patty Ungar and national board member Roselle Ungar. (Photo Arlene Wieder)

When the centennial of Hadassah was celebrated this week in ceremonies across Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel, New Orleans was very well represented. Roselle Middleberg Ungar, a member of the National Hadassah board, was there, coordinating all the bus schedules for the hundreds of attendees. She was accompanied by her...
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